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Compare the way Wilfred Owen’s “The Send-off” and Erno Muller’s “Assault” deal with war and it’s effects.

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Compare the way Wilfred Owen's "The Send-off" and Erno Muller's "Assault" deal with war and it's effects. Both Owen's and Muller's poems were written about World War 1 and so the two poems are especially similar in some respects, even though different poets wrote them. There are still a large number of differences between the two poems. Some similarities and differences are naturally easier to spot than others; some only become apparent after extensive study. These differences and similarities occur in style, the way the poems deal with war and it effects as well as many other things. In "The Send-off" by Wilfred Owen the story is told of the soldiers departing on a train for the war. It depicts the men at the siding shed and on the train, leaving their loved ones and all the things that they have worked for to go and fight on the frontline and probably die. The storyline is the start of what is likely to be the last train journey for the majority of the men on board. As the train departs with the men on board so do we leave them. In "Assault" by Erno Muller the story about a group of World War 1 soldiers is being relayed to us, of how they got caught in a gas attack and how it causes someone to die. ...read more.


"A few, a few ... may creep back". We get the idea that they have been through terrible suffering (which they had) and that only a few survived (which is also true), this is supposed to and succeeds in saddening the reader. "Assault" has a few moods in it, there is an eerie mood at the start of the poem. "The white cloud swirled round him like a fog". This gives an eerie atmosphere as death just swirled up around one of the soldiers without him realising. Another mood is sadness "A man choked ... caught him unawares. Then his body flopped over". We are saddened from this as a man suffers a horrible death from gas and he didn't have a chance to avoid it. "Assault" also has an angry mood in it, the author is angry at the waste of human life, the quote "over the top and kill" shows how all war is, is people to kill. The two poems have very different forms, "The Send-off" is broken into four stanzas which change in size going small, large, small and large. This breaking up could represent how war is fought in sections. These sections are the different battles that occurred in World War 1. The order of the stanzas and the size of each stanza being regular could be seen to represent how the deaths and occurrences of war were seen as regular. ...read more.


the truth about the war from the public. Some of these things carried through to the soldiers, "the white cloud" which was actually death, as gas could seem innocent to the inexperienced soldier as a white cloud would seem above suspicion to the uninformed. There are copious numbers of references to the huge number of men that died throughout as well as all the suffering that a lot of them went through. Erno Muller has included a lot imagery for this, "feverish hands" the men are harmed mentally (scared stiff) just by the thought of the gas attack. The horrible image of "a man choked" as the gas "caught him unawares" over whelmed his defences and took over his body. "Groaning" makes us think of all the men lying on the battlefield groaning in pain. The men also felt like they were on their own at times, the word "unawares" is the only word on the line, it also is on it's own. They may also have felt that everything was against them including nature "The wind cut me". The feeling that everything was against them would have reduced their morale even more. Owen also included no end of imagery within his poem, "lined the train" produces the image of the huge numbers of men that took part in the war as a train can hold a huge number of people. The men tried to put a brave face on their situation, as they were not that happy about being in a war "faces grimly gay". ...read more.

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